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ICPC, AACAS to partner for improved anti-corruption war

By Paul Michael, Abuja

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN, has agreed to establish a partnership between the Commission and the African Academy for Counter Fraud and Anti-Corruption Studies (AACAS) in a bid to improve anti-corruption war.

Prof Owasanoye made this known during a courtesy visit to the Commission by some members of AACAS recently.

He stated that the Commission was not opposed to working with other anti-corruption institutions as long as the intending partners are legally registered and their core mandate is in line with the mission and vision of ICPC.

Prof Owasanoye further disclosed that ICPC is often inundated with similar requests from diverse organisations who ultimately turn out to be attempting to appropriate power to themselves.

He noted that covetousness of powers in a field containing multiple players often raises red flags against the true nature of partnership proposals to ICPC. The Trumpet Gathered

The Chairman assured the delegation that the Commission would set up a committee with a view to achieving a mutually beneficial relationship between both organizations.

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He subsequently named the Provost of the Commission’s Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), Directors of Operations and ATRM amongst others as members of the committee.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Chairman of AACAS Advisory Board, Dr Rabiu Olowo, stated that their organisation prided itself on cardinal foundations of integrity, partnership, leadership through service and diversity.

He noted that the vision of the proposed partnership is based on the perceived similarities in vision of their academy and that of ICPC’s ACAN.

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